Enjoy the beauty of Fiordland
Enjoy the Beauty of Fiordland. Want company? Our professional guides would love to share their passion for packrafting and Fiordland with you on one of our fully guided tours. Perfect for those who have limited paddling experience or those that just feel better knowing someone is right there looking out for them. Whatever the reason, these trips are sure to please.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- All tours are run by IPIA certified professional packrafting guides.
- We require 2 people minimum for the tour to run
- Minimum age is 12 years, though the trips may not be suitable for all 12 year olds! Please ask.
- All participants need to be able to swim
- Tours include all the required instruction and are suitable for absolute beginners!
- We provide all the specialty gear–boats, paddles, lifejackets, wetsuits, and helmets (if required).
Our Te Anau tour takes in two amazing rivers in one day. We'll start on the wide and deep Waiau which was featured in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as the river Anduin. Here you'll learn how to handle the boats and navigate fun wave trains and placid pools all morning. Then we'll grab lunch (and maybe a coffee!) on the go before heading up the Milford Road for a trip through the Eglinton Gorge, one of Fiordland's best kept tourist secrets, that no one besides Packrafting NZ gets to visit! An absolutely stunning pair of paddles. Don't forget your camera!
Our Queenstown tour starts with a scenic hour drive along the shores of lake Wakitipu up through Glenorchy to the start of the Rees Valley. From here its a 8 km walk up an easy grades, dwarfed the whole time by towering peaks and glaciers. We'll stop for lunch at twelve mile creek and if conditions allow, will spend a bit of time exploring the hidden slot canyon that pours straight out of the mountain side. Then we'll return the way we came, floating, bouncing, and chasing riffles and rapids down the Rees river back to the van.
*Our Queenstown trip is run by our partners, Packrafting Queenstown
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- When you book a spot in a course or on a trip, or reserve a rental boat, we require a 25% deposit of the total cost. This secures your spot or reservation.
- The balance of payments should be paid no later than four weeks prior to the departure/rental date unless other arrangements are made. If you don’t do this, we may cancel your booking or reservation, so make sure to keep track of time as your trip is getting nearer. If this happens, you won’t get your deposit back.
- If you need to cancel your trip or reservation after you’ve paid, you’ll get a refund based on how far in advance of the trip you cancel.
- If it’s more than 12 weeks out, we’ll refund the entire amount, including the deposit, but minus the 1.9% fee which we’ve had to pay to the booking system (sorry!).
- If it’s between 8 and 12 weeks until your big adventure, you’ll lose your deposit, but get back all of the rest.
- Between 4 and 8 weeks you’ll lose the deposit, and get back 80% of the rest.
- Within 4 weeks no refund applies.
- Once your trips, rentals or course has commenced no refund applies due to any circumstances.
GOOD NEWS! If you do need to cancel, we’re happy to honor your booking or reservation by moving it to another available date, whenever possible. We’ll extend this courtesy for up to a year from the date of your original trip or rental reservation, so just get in touch.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you arrange personal travel/medical insurance. This will protect you for any loss of fares if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
The weather in Fiordland can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; the close proximity of towering mountains and the ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day. Fiordland is one of the wettest places on the planet.
Summer months average around 20°C but the evenings can be a little cooler. Winter temperatures average around 10°C on the coast with the evenings much colder.It is not unusual to experience both summer and winter conditions and temperatures on the same day!
It is important to be prepared for the worst conditions and carry the appropriate clothing and gear at all times. In the event of extreme weather on courses or guided trips, your safety is our priority and parts of the day may need to be changed at your guide/instructor’s discretion.
Regardless of the conditions you end up with–sun, rain, or most likley a combination of the two, if you’re prepared then we are confident your experience packrafting will be a memorable one.